Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Nawa-no-Nagashige Helping Go-Daigo Escape from Oki to His Castle, Funanoe-san, 1881
Series; Twenty-four Accomplishments in Imperial Japan
Twenty-four Accomplishments in Imperial Japan - Yoshitoshi's late series "Twenty-four Accomplishments in Imperial Japan" highlights important figures throughout the history of Imperial Japan, from both legend and real life. These terrific images include valiant samurai, brave retainers, loyal wives, and fantastic demons. Beautifully drawn with a wonderful sense of realism and finely printed with rich jewel-tone colors, these designs are a great example of Yoshitoshi's mature artistic style. A great choice for a Yoshitoshi collector.
Nawa-no-Nagashige Helping Go-Daigo Escape from Oki to His Castle, Funanoe-san, 1881 - Emperor Go-Daigo and his attempt to return to power by overthrowing the feudal government was the model for the 19th century Meiji restoration. There are many stories of Go-Daigo's years in exile and his efforts to wrest control from the shogun. In this famous, scene the Lord Nawa-no-Nagashige, who supported Go-Daigo, is helping the Emperor return from exile on Oki Island. The Emperor was unused to walking, as he was normally carried on a litter, so the faithful Nawa-no-Nagashige carried the emperor on his back and the pair returned to attempt to establish rule in Kyoto. An exceptional Yoshitoshi illustration of this historic tale, detailed with burnishing in the black court cap and armor.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few stitching holes at top edge, repaired. Slight soiling, a few small spots. Please see photos for details. Nice condition overall.